movie coverI'd rather be watching TV![IMDB link] [Netflix link] Mmm, more superhero movies!

PLOT SUMMARY: Kid decides to become a super hero, and gets in way over his head.

UNCOMFORTABLE PLOT SUMMARY (inspired by this): [highlight for spoilers] Kid’s naive exuberance causes real hero/father to burn to death.

PEOPLE: Directed by Matthew Vaughn (Stardust, husband of Claudia Schiffer), who co-wrote both movies with Jane Goldman.

Kick-Ass is played by Aaron Johnson (Cyclops in the new X-Men:First Class movie slated for 2011). Hit Girl is played by Chloe Moretz, who will be Abby in the upcoming remake of boring vampire flick Let The Right One In (“Let Me In”). She was also the little girl in the Amityville Horror remake. Big Daddy is played by Nicholas Cage — The whole time I kept thinking I could totally see Nick Cage’s role as played by Adam West. It turns out that he based his speech mannerisms on West! Red Mist is played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse (McLovin’ from Superbad, Year One, Role Models). Villain D’Amico is played by Mark Strong (Lord Blackwood in the new Sherlock Holmes movie, Sinestro in the upcoming Green Lantern movie, Septimus from Stardust, Sunshine).

Other more minor roles include a friend played by Clark Duke (Hot Tub Time Machine, Sex Drive, Superbad), Lyndsy Fonseca (Hot Tub Time Machine), and a tiny tiny part by Xander Berkeley (George Mason from 24, Coldsteel from Gargoyles).

QUIRKS: Based on a comic book. Real-life superheroes. Very comedic and well-written “Apatow-worthy” dialog during the comedic moments. A 10-year-old girl calling people “cunts” (which is straight out of the comic book) and killing people left and right. Ultra-violence.

VISUALS: Great superhero action! Plus, a backstory/origin story done in 2-D/3-D hybrid comicbook-ized style. I could have watched an entire movie like that. Having the stylized backstory reminds one of Kill Bill.

SOUNDTRACK: Glad I got the Violent Femmes “Crazy” single, because now I totally recognize the Gnarls Barkley version. Also pretty cool to hear the Tra La La Song (Banana Splits) as covered by The Dickies; already a big fan of covers of that song thanks to the magnificent Saturday Morning Cartoons’ Greatest Hits album. I also had no idea that the shootout scene with Hit Girl plays a remix of the song “Surface Of The Sun” from the movie Sunshine! Sunshine is a pretty cool movie, and I remember being impressed with random music a few times in the movie. But not so much the closing credits, which all use annoying music.

MORALS: Real superheroes need guns. Sorry, the real world doesn’t work quite like comic books. You’ll get your ass killed. Then again, there ARE real-life superheroes nowadays — but I think they don’t take on higher level organized crime, like in this movie.

POLITICS: The drug war gives police the chance to frame innocent people. Not only do I read about this being discovered on a near-weekly basis, but it’s a great way for crooked cops to frame innocent people who might interfere with their operations. Which is exactly what happened in the backstory to this movie.

BAD STUFF: The title is murder on search engines; you end up finding comments about people talking about things kicking ass, comments which have nothing to do with the movie.

CONCLUSION: Of all the lesser known superhero movies to come out in the past 10 years, this may be one of our favorites!

Clint: Netflix: 5/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10.
Carolyn: Netflix: 4/5 stars. IMDB: 8/10.
The native public rating for this movie is: IMDB: 8.2/10 (Top 250: #169), Netflix: 4.2/5 stars (Netflix‘s predicted rating for us was 4.9/5 stars, which is accurate for Clint but not Carolyn).

RECOMMENDATION: Super-hero fans must see this!

SIMILAR MOVIES: It has the real-life + relatively unknown superhero aspect of many recent movies. Like the movie Special or Defendor, except without the psychological aspects. Like the movie Super Capers, but not as a comedy. Like the movie Hancock, but without the alcoholic loserism. This is more like the movie Push or the movie Jumper, except it’s longer and way better. Actually, it’s much closer to the movie Wanted, but without the ridiculously over-the-top inspired-by-the-movie-Crank level of action. Which makes sense, since the guy who made the Wanted comic book is also the same guy who made the Kick-Ass comic book.

Kick-Ass 2 is already in the works.

MOVIE QUOTE: Dave Lizewski: How do I get a hold of you?
Hit Girl: [sarcastically] You just contact the mayor’s office. He has a special signal he shines in the sky; it’s in the shape of a giant cock.

Dave Lizewski: Jesus, guys, doesn’t it bug you? Like thousand of people wanna be Paris Hilton and nobody wants to be Spiderman.
Marty: Yeah, what’s with that? She has like no tits at all.
Todd: Maybe it’s the porn tape, he doesn’t have a porn tape.
Marty: You guys never saw “One Night In Spider-Man”?

COINCIDENCES: 2 movies with crooked cops in a row – Date Night and this.

FRIENDS’ RATINGS: James O liked it: “Saw Kick-Ass. It was pretty awesome. There are only small differences from the comic. They make the movie more positive than the comic.”

Also, check out Outlaw Vern’s scathing review. If you’re a movie pessimist or cynic, this might more accurately reflect how you’ll take it. Though to me, it’s just hatin’ for the sake of hatin’. Damn haters.

Mood: still waaaaay behind on taser stories
Music: D.O.A. – Golden State